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 November 28, 2001
SITA Presents Solution For Worldwide Civil Aviationsecurity

 Global air transport IT services provider SITA is launching an intelligent aviation security solution that provides a robust platform to allow governmental authorities and air transport operators (airlines, airports and cargo agents) to enhance the security of civil aviation worldwide. This will be presented to the industry by SITA at the Third International Aviation Security Technology Symposium, November 27-30, Atlantic City, USA (exhibition stand #44). "SITA has a major contribution to make in improving the security of aviation and helping to rebuild a safer and more profitable industry," said John Watson, Director General, SITA. "It is vital that all parts of air transport continue to effectively collaborate in areas of mutual benefit for the whole community. By working together to integrate new and existing solutions, SITA will ensure that accurate, real time information can be shared in a safe and secure manner between airlines and all the relevant government and security agencies. All parts of aviation should be encouraging the more extensive use of a community approach to IT."

In response to the urgent needs of the aviation industry, SITA has services available immediately to help improve the security of baggage systems, self-service kiosks, passenger screening and all the associated IT infrastructure. The key elements include:

· Integrated Baggage Solution - Meets the Positive Passenger Bag Match (PPBM) requirement and goes beyond matching hold baggage to the passenger on board. It also tracks bags at the airport from check-in, through explosive detection screening, to loading in a container, to placement onboard an aircraft as well as in transit at intermediate airports and through to arrival at the final destination.

· AirportConnect Kiosk - Provides self-service passenger check-in at kiosks, in either a dedicated or common-use environment, that includes biometric devices for passenger identification, hardware, applications and wireless connectivity.

· Intelligent Border Solutions (i-Borders) - Streamlines passenger processing and improves border security management by giving immigration and border authorities passenger bio-data before people travel or board an aircraft.

· SecureConnect - Provides a portfolio of end-to-end managed network security solutions. This includes authentication, firewalls, intrusion protection, vulnerability analysis, virtual private networks, authentication of digital certificates, and professional security consultants for solution design and installation. SITA's competitive integrated voice and date network services are delivered on a cooperative basis in 220 countries and territories worldwide.

All the SITA systems will integrate with explosive detection systems to provide a completely 'connected' security environment at airports. Additionally, to further ensure that increased security requirements can be quickly implemented at airports worldwide, SITA has invited vendors of biometric devices to apply for certification to operate these systems over the SITA Common Use Terminal Equipment (CUTE) platform, which is currently deployed in over 200 airports worldwide.

Ian Riddell, Chief Operating Officer, SITA, urged all parties to leverage the strengths of SITA for the common good: "By making the best use of existing systems and cooperating, through SITA, to share investment in both common infrastructure and enhanced applications, all parts of air transport will be able to simultaneously save money and take advantage of the latest technologies. SITA has a proven track record as a neutral provider of cost-effective, common-use IT solutions and is the obvious, natural partner of choice to continue to do this in the future."

Based on industry standards and existing, proven technologies, SITA's common-use airport systems improve efficiency by giving real time access to airlines and their handling agents to their own applications (such as check-in, reservations and departure control) on shared workstations that allow differentiated services to be offered to passengers. By jointly investing in hardware, support and maintenance through SITA, the cost of ownership to all parties is reduced and the economies of scale maximized. Sharing facilities maximizes the use of limited resources and space to help airlines and airports combat congestion and cut costs. All these services are available from SITA over a global network that provides high-performance, secure and seamless connectivity to airlines, airports, travel agents and government authorities on a global basis.